The Occupy LA politics of Sarah Mason, a Highland Park resident whose photo was transformed into the illustration for TIME magazine’s 2011“Person of the Year” cover, are extensively detailed in an interview conducted a while back with Ithaca College’s 360 magazine.

Editor Cady Lang caught up with Mason at 7 a.m. one morning in the shadow of City Hall, as this now iconic protester exited her tent to begin another day of occupying. It’s an interesting piece, because Mason’s central issue of credit card debt was incurred in part through very careless purchasing:

While Mason is still paying her student loans, she adamantly refuses to pay her credit card debt. “I still have debt and I’m not paying it back because I feel like at this point, I have an obligation to try and disrupt and upset the financial industry, the credit industry…”

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